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New NSF funding opportunity addresses opportunities for persons with disabilities, sustainable materials, and food security

May 05, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator intends to provide solutions with nationwide social impact at an accelerated pace. Recently, NSF announced the addition of three new research tracks for the 2022 cohort: Track H, Track I, and Track J. The latest research track topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator include:

  • Track H: Enhancing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
  • Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges
  • Track J: Food & Nutrition Security

These tracks highlight current societal issues like enhancing the quality of life and employment access for persons with disabilities, encouraging environmental considerations in advancements for material science, and addressing nutritional needs for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Selected teams will participate in Phase 1, an accelerated 12-month planning period with up to $750,000 in grant funding. Following Phase 1, teams will conduct a formal NSF pitch and proposal evaluation, and selected groups will advance to Phase 2 to continue development. During Phase 2, teams may be eligible to receive up to $5 million in funding.

Applications are open for researchers from academia, industry, government, nonprofits, and other organizations. Proposals may be submitted through either solicitation or Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). For solicitation, teams must submit a letter of intent by May 31, 2022, and a Full Proposal by July 20, 2022.

Learn more about the new research tracks and the NSF Convergence Accelerator here.


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